The Prince Who was Just Himself by Silke Schnee is a delightful children's picture book for those 3 years and older. This book is filled with colorful imaginative pictures and just a few sentences on every page--a big prerequisite for my children. Noah looks different than the other children in his family and they love him just the same. Noah doesn't learn things as quickly as the other children in his family and they love him just the same. The people outside of Noah's family laugh as him when his family took him out to show everyone but Noah just smiled at them and was happy. His brothers said, "He is our brother" and also, "He is just himself". Noah's parents are King and Queen of their kingdom and one day a terrible knight comes to destroy it but Noah saves the day by just being himself.
This book tells the story of Noah, who has Down syndrome. The story never mentions the word Down but tells simply of some of the complexities of looking and acting and being different than the others in the area. The story tells of how Noah even with all he can't do could do something that no one else could and so he did. Loved this book for its simple way to talking to children about a big subject. It would be easy to read to children of all ages including the very young.
I received this book from Handlebar for this review.